At Clayton Utz we have set serious goals for our social responsibility programs in order to help address disadvantage and support access to justice in the communities in which we work and live. All our employees are encouraged to participate in these programs.
Our partners and employees volunteer time and co-ordinate resources to assist community organisations through our community involvement program. Community Connect has encouraged our people to develop relationships with our Community Partners across Australia by using their skills, resources and enthusiasm to be part of a program providing opportunities which include climbing mountains with children with cerebral palsy, running skills workshops in women's prisons and serving hot drinks to people living on the street.
Clayton Utz Foundation
The Clayton Utz Foundation provides financial support to charities where our people are already providing pro bono or volunteering support, either through one of our programs or in their own time.
Over $8.3 million has been distributed in grants to over 200 charities since 2003. The Foundation is supported by an ongoing financial commitment from the Firm, and the generous contributions from individual partners and employees though our Workplace Giving Program.
Reconciliation Action Plan
Our work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is reflected in our Reconciliation Action Plan, which commits us to working with Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians to overcome the challenges and disadvantage faced by Indigenous Australians. This includes Community Partnerships, Pro Bono work and Clayton Utz Foundation funding for Indigenous organisation and for programs supporting Indigenous people.
The Reconciliation Action Plan has informed our procurement policies with over $350,000 in procurement from Indigenous business in the last year. The Firm also funds two significant scholarships for Indigenous law students to support them through their studies.
We have implemented environmental initiatives that lead us to understand and reduce our environmental impacts and incorporate sustainability into our decision-making.
In FY16 we reduced electricity usage by 12.5%. We have also offset our FY16 carbon emissions, as measured in line with the federal government's National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS) program, through the purchase of carbon credits.
Clayton Utz is proud to be a founding member of the Australian Legal Sector Alliance, an industry-led association working collaboratively to promote sustainable practices across the legal sector.